I know that some of my friends have been most interested in my hair/skin inventions. So, now that I have time, I will include recipes for the things that have worked best thus far. This all is amazing! Once you start on the happinizing road, there is no way you'd ever go back to how you used to do things!
In thinking of changing the way I ate and starting to get serious about exercising every week, I started asking other questions. I started to think about everything that was going into my system. For how I drink water- I switched over to the glass water bottles- I am never going back to plastic. For my food, I try to eat 85-100% non-processed foods. Do I have a burger once in a while? Well, duh! But at least I know that it's only a small part of what I am putting in my system. Then I started thinking, well, I'm making all these other changes in other parts of my life, but have I thought of what is in my lotions? What about my make up? I have never even looked at the ingredients for these things, and when you look, many words are words that are hardly pronounceable and some even take up to two lines! So....clearly, this did not line up to my happinizing life change. Now my bathroom looks more like a kitchen and it's fantastic! Here are a few awesome tips from my new happinizing lifestyle.
Facewash: I no longer use store-bought products to wash my face. I wash my face with honey. Yes honey! You know how honey gets once it's old...we usually toss it at that point. Why toss it?! It makes a great exfoliant! Ever since I started washing my face with honey my face has cleared up and it never feels crazy dry like it used to feel with the store bought stuff. Want to get a bit more fancy? Add oats, avocado, kiwi and yogurt. Seriously, it feels amazing!
Face lotion: now I use glycerin and vitamin e oil (from Trader Joes- it's like $4 I think). A few drops of both, and boom! amazing skin!
Shampoo: I tried the no poo method, but I am not convinced yet. So as soon as I use up the old shampoos I still have, I will use the Dr. Bronner shampoo. I should say that when I shampoo I use baking soda to make sure that the gunky shampoo feeling doesn't happen. Since I started to use baking soda I started growing more hair and it feels much healthier.
Conditioner: ok, this stuff is miraculous!! I got creative and made a little concoction adding: Blackstrap molasses, honey, and vitamin e oil. I have never seen this before, my split ends are disappearing! You've got to try it!
Deep hair conditioning: you can try a combo, or any of the following ingredients solo (my fave is the mayo): mayo, egg yolk, avocado, yogurt...feel free to add to the list
Body lotion: I use coconut oil and add a bit of the vitamin e oil. Again, great stuff!
Blush: beet, yes, I use a beet instead of blush. I feel SO much better about what is going on my skin! With the beet you can get a bit more fancy and dry the beet, use a coffee bean grinder to grind it and make your own powder, and then you can use the powder to make your own lip gloss and other cosmetics. I've yet to get to that point though...
Lipstick/color for lips: the beet!
Mascara: ok, I haven't found anything good for this one really. So I'm just buying "organic" mascara at this point...whatever that really means...Please send suggestions my way!
Deodorant: just using Dr. Tom's at the moment, same goes for mouthwash
See, it's really not that hard and I can assure you that you will be more than happy with the results
My happinizing experiment thus far has been wildly successful! I have never had this much energy, felt so good about life and my relationships, my skin is healthier than ever, and I'm even starting to get a bit of a nicely defined and lean core (something I had never been successful at before)! I am sure that these changes have had to do with happinizing, and I thought it would be important for me to talk about what exactly I have done to also make happinizing easier for you. I will be including recipes and other useful information of the sort, and if you have anything to contribute, please send it my way! At this point I have all my friends happinizing, and even am starting to get my co-workers onto the idea. This is one of the best things I have ever done in my life for sure!
So E^2 elaboration.....
-no processed foods
-drinks at least 8 glasses of water a day
-eat a variety of veggies and fruits every week
-3 times a week (30 mins of cardio minimum)
-variety of exercise
Eating well- in my happinizing journey eating well has meant specifically a few things. It has meant that I have tried to take out processed foods out of my diet as much as possible. That means that instead of adding sugar to my morning coffee, now I add honey. I don't eat cereal anymore, I eat oatmeal instead. It is also very important to havevariety in your diet. Even if you have a very "healthy" diet, if you are eating the same thing everyday, your body can't possibly get the nutrients it needs to function at its optimum level, and so it is critical that you eat different types of veggies and fruits every week. Eat lentils and beans. Have some yogurt. Also, eating in a healthy way can be very delicious, so don't be intimidated by the idea of "eating healthy," I know it might seem daunting, but with time you will catch on :)
Exercising- in order to meet your required dose of exercise for the week, I recommend that you work out a minimum of three times a week (each for a min. of 30 minutes of cardio). If you have a very busy schedule, make yourself go to the gym and take some work with you! Sometimes it is very easy when we have so much going on in our lives to think that exercise is the one thing that we can brush aside because we “don't have enough time,” but this comes at a detriment to your health. Your body needs exercise to recalibrate certain chemicals in your brain that make sure that you have a positive disposition for life and don't get depressed or too overwhelmed when times are tough. Also, exercise assures that your cells have the oxygen they need in order to get rid of harmful toxins. Here, I should add that really, another part of happinizing successfully is to make sure that you drink a lot of water. I will have a separate post on that. I recently started going to hot yoga, and I highly recommend it to everyone! I know it’s not for everyone, BUT it is amazing what a few weeks of yoga can do for your system. By sweating so much, your body is getting rid of harmful toxins as well as you get the necessary cardio and the breathing component of the practice assures oxygenation of your cells. Yes, I love the stuff!
Also, it is important that you don't always exercise in the same way. Just like it is important that you have variety in your diet, it is important that you have variety in exercising as well. You need to make sure that as you get older you take care of all parts of your body. You want to make sure that your core is strong, make sure you are being conscientious in the attention that you give all body parts in maintaining their function. Make sure you take some time to maintain your flexibility, this will allow you to get hurt less often when you get older. This is where yoga is very helpful. When I go to yoga I know that not only am I getting more than my 30mins worth of cardio (and some meditation time), but I am working conscientiously to strengthen and maintain all parts of my body, as well as work on flexibility- an investment that I hope serves me well as I get older. Now, I am getting closer and closer to 27, but have never felt healthier or happier before! I think it helps knowing that happinizing is a purposeful activity that one pursues to invest in one’s physical and mental health. I hope you join me in this happinizing journey.
Juicing- Eat Well
There's been considerable interest in juicing and recipes that I make, so I'm going to be including ingredients and steps since I know that it can be really overwhelming knowing what steps to take intrying to become healthier (I've definitely been overwhelmedmyself). I hope you guys enjoy! Happy happinizing :)
There is no right or wrong way to do this.Basically, what I do is go to the store and buy as many leafy greens as possible as well asanything that is dark rich green in color. Then, things like carrots, beets, apples, and celery (and left-over veggie stems) I juice. I use that as a base and blend it together with other veggies and fruits. I add things like spinach, cilantro, different types of leafy greens, cucumber, mangoes, berries, kiwis, bananas... you get the picture. I don't have a lot of time for cooking or juicing, so I cook and juice once a week, and juice enough veggies and fruits to last me about a week. I have juice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Then, when I actually consume the drink I add different types of seeds to make it extra nutritious. I add ground flaxseed (linaza), chia seeds, sesame seeds, basically anything you can think of. Also, when I'm craving something sweet I just add some of the drink to the blender, add some frozen mangoes, and there goes a delicious fruit smoothie with an ice-cream-like consistency.
And since I'm in CA Bar study mode, I need my brain and body to be in tip-top shape- and this definitely helps! I hope you find this to be useful! Happinize on!
-about two cups of quinoa (for this recipe I used red quinoa)
-1 apple (chopped)
-1/2 red bell pepper
-1/2 yellow bell pepper
-red grape tomatoes
Remembering that it is very important to have as many colors as possible in our diet, this little salad definitely gets the job done and is perfect for the summer! The quinoa provides the protein your body needs, you have your greens (arugula has a bitter taste), and you get some reds, yellows, and some fruit to spice things up! In the future I'll probably try to throw some nuts in the mix as well.
As with all other recipes, feel free to make it your own and change the recipe as you wish.
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